I'm going to try and not get too sappy on you guys here, but I can't make you any promises. The bride, Kate is the daughter of Mike's cousin Kim. For too few years they lived right around the corner from us and their house was a regular drop in place for Mike and I in the days before we had kids and after. Abby spent many an evening as a swaddled pink bundle asleep between Kim and I on their rec room couch. I kind of fit right in between Kim and Kate. Only about a decade separated Kim's age from mine and mine from Kate's. As much as I adore Uncle Dave having a sister was always on my wishlist. I've collected a few sisters of my heart over the years and I think it would be safe to say I viewed my relationships with Kim and Kate in a similar light. I feel like they gave me a taste of what it was like to be a big sister and also to have a big sister. Eventually Kate grew up and moved way across the country and Kim and her husband packed up the rest of the family and moved them a couple of towns over. I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss all of them.
We got to come back together this weekend, to share in Kate's special day. Her husband, I could tell right away, is a perfect fit for her. She was a beautiful bride and I was so very touched that she asked if MyPie could be her flower girl. It's been a weekend of hugs, lots of laughs and some happy tears and I wish the happy couple all the very best in the world.
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